NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Hampton Roads Chapter

 

hamptonroads@navalweather.org

 

 

President             Fay Crossley

Vice President     Frank Muscari
Treasurer             Bob Daigle
Secretary             Fay Crossley
Social Coord.      Dennis Pauly
CMAA                   Frank Muscari 

 

 


Chapter News

Source: Aerograph May 2021
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A SPECIAL NOTE FROM ACTIVE DUTY:

…..LCDR HOOK…..I will graduate the Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) school at NIWDC on April 1st. Mike and I just had our offer accepted on a house in Ghent and we will move our stuff across country in May.  Mike promoted to LCDR and will be going to the James E. Williams as the CSO.  I am flying back to BHR to participate in her decommissioning in April.  It’s sad, but it’s time to close this chapter and move on News in the metoc community:  RDML Okon (CNMOC) was selected for RADM. CAPT Piret was selected for RDML and will become CNMOC. 

Anna Hook

HRC FOLKS // FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER  

…..WRIGHT…..Bob is doing fine.  He is on the move again. Did have some health issues mid-March and spend some time at the hospital after getting move done.  Giving up his TN MTN digs for the sands of the outer banks of NC.  Bob is settled in at Bells Island Campground, and is looking forward to sea and sun. Was nice seeing him at the meeting.  

…..SALVATO…..Jack is doing well.  Oddly, a Long Island boy and Virginia long time resident, Jack can NOT stomach oysters or clams. 

…..STEINBRUCK…..The good Capt., and wife Louise are both doing okay.  They were missed at the Spring Gathering.

…..SHAFER…..Sylvia STILL has not been able to get her knee operation schedule, been so long a wait.  Steve had a run in with belly problems so now new diet, salads are good Steve. 

…..MUSCARI…..Frank and Eve are doing great as always.  They are thankful for all their blessings. Frank is always willing to help others.  

…..DAIGLE…..Bob and Carol are doing well. Carol continues to amaze us all the way she deals with her MS, she does water exercises at the Y 2 or 3 times a week and it helps. Bob continues to enjoy his Tuesdays at their church working at the Food Pantry. #1 shots are done and #2 shots next month. They MAY be heading for NWSA #46 if the cruse they have scheduled falls through. They will be enjoying their 50th Anniversary in May.

…..PAULY…..Dennis and Susan are OK! Some traveling to see daughter/son-in-law & 3 grandkids in Charlottesville.   They are having problems with those !@#$ barn swallows - they just laughed at the fake owls and rubber snakes they tried. Dennis is finally getting around to turning part of basement from a warehouse into a long awaited 'Man Cave', neighbor moved and gave them pool table. Susan has done lots of reupholstering and her efforts are on display in the historic Roberts - Vaughan House in Murfreesboro (NC). To wet to get out in the woods and do tractor work. They hope dries up soon. Dennis has acquired Gout, not a fun thing, thoughts and prayers are with him.  

…..CROSSLEY…..Donna and Fay are doing okay. Fay did have a trip to the ER due to rapid fall in BP, all seems to be okay now. They both have gotten #1 and #2 virus shots. Fay went to NY to visit brother and rest of family always difficult and good at the same time.

…..CHUBB…..Spent Easter in Porto Rico, bet they enjoyed the warm weather.  Was cold over much of the East Coast.

…..AKERS…..Joan is doing well, always good to talk with her.  She has a Cat now to keep her company.  Joan is suffering from being Dizzy lots….but they we always knew that.  Joan will be 89 this year and will be welcoming her Great Great Grandbaby in NOV. 

…..LEE…..Dan was in the hospital for your gathering, was getting heart tested, thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.  Back home 4/14, no blockage.

Hope everyone is looking into getting those new Military ID Cards.  They are sure different.

 

Additional Thoughts


WELL…..it finally has taken place.  Yelp HRC, after 15 months has had an official NWSA/HRC meeting.  It was help on 4/14/2021 at one of our favorite watering holes, Lucky Oyster.  Lunch was great and service was great if you go there ask for DAWN. 

 

In attendance:  Bob Wright, Frank and Eve Muscari, Ed Nelson, Dennis Pauly, Bob and Carol Daigle and Fay and Donna Crossley.  Regrets were received from Steve Shafer and Dan Lee.

 

50/50 provided $30 to Carol Daigle, the Treasurer’s wife….hummmmmmmm. 

Meeting was called to order by president Fay Crossley at 130PM. A blessing was given by V.P. Frank Muscari and The Pledge was lead by the CMAA, Frank Muscari.

 

 A brief review of how the President came to know LCDR Hook, was given. It is hoped she and her husband will be able to attend a meeting once they are settled in to their new home in Ghent.

 

A picture of our old meeting site at the Chubb’s home near Cape Charles, VA., was passed around to brighten the thoughts of upcoming summer, great meetings there. (see Enclosure 1)

 

For informational purposes, a sheet giving information about Peritoneal Dialysis was handed out. (see Enclosure 2)


A discussion concerning some old Shipmates, and folks we know took place, Funny how that kind of talk encompasses much of the meeting.  In keeping with old shipmates, the obituary for Gil Wagi was passed around, some at the meeting had know Gil.  (see Enclosure 3) 

Since it had been so long since we had a meeting, the Secretary Report was accepted as transmitted some time ago, mainly because Secretary forgot to bring it. 

 

The Treasurer provided an exciting update on funds, we have $3277.26 in the coffers.  The Treasurer also was concerned about Membership and Dues. 


…..Dues are required from each person wanting to be a member of HRC.  Dues are$5 per person per year, and are to be collected by the Treasurer as soon after January 1 of each year as possible.   Those not up to date on dues payments will lose all benefits of membership.  Those prior members that are currently behind in dues payments should let HRC know their intentions. 


…..A discussion concerning the HRC contribution to $46 reunion and the AD took place.  We will check with Mr. Romano to see if the current amount provided in 2020 and AD are okay.  A couple of HRC members hope to attend the reunion in Savannah, GA. October 4 to 8. 


ENCLOSURES:

Copies of enclosures can be provided to anyone requesting them.  Postage may be required. 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

…..1…..46 Reunion, Money and Ad. (As discussed above.)

…..2…..Elections: We hope others would like to be involved, but if others do not come forward, current offices will remain in place. 

…..3…..Dues: (As discussed above) It should be noted here, Frank Muscari do to current situation, got The Lee’s caught up on dues.


NEW BUSINESS:

…..1…..Summer Venue week of JULY 11-17….Denise suggested we give Gus and George’s a try again….more information will be forthcoming.

…..2.....An audit of the funds is required and it will be accomplished by the Daigles and Crossleys prior to the Summer meeting. 

 

A motion was made by Bob Daigle and seconded by Bob Wright, asking membership to come up with plans to revamp Article X (dissolution) of the HRC by-laws.  Members are to provide, at the summer meeting, a new possible Article X.  There must be a full Quorum at the meeting and a two-thirds Majority vs. A motion was made by Bob Daigle and seconded by Bob Wright, asking membership to come up with plans to revamp Article X (dissolution) of the HRC by-laws.  Members are to provide, at the summer meeting, a new possible Article X.  There must be a full Quorum at the meeting and a two-thirds Majority vs. minimum majority will be required for any changes to be passed.  minimum majority will be required for any changes to be passed. 


A motion was made by Bob Daigle and seconded by Bob Wright to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried at 310PM.


Respectfully submitted:

 

Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary
Source: Aerograph February 2021
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Getting to sound like a broken record, huh? But the virus is causing some real problems for socializing. HRC continues to hold together some through phone calls and email and some on FB. We have decided to cancel our Winter/January meeting and hope our Spring/April meeting will be a go. Elections will be held at that meeting it is hoped, current officials will continue in their roles UFN. We may have a social gathering the end of January. The treasurer suggests that if you want to pay your dues, you can mail them to him.



We held an impromptu late lunch/early dinner at one of our favorite venues, the Lucky Oyster on Monday, 14 December. It was for socializing only and no HRC business was discussed.

As always, food and conversations were great!


FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER - HRC FOLKS

 

…..Jack Salvato…..is dealing with some difficult health issues.  We know that thoughts and prayers help lots, so please add Jack to your lists. Some changes came with new blood work numbers, Jack and Doctor are in a holding pattern which is good news.

 

Dan Lee…..is also dealing with some serious health issues.  Thoughts and prayers work, so please place Dan on your lists. On 2/1 Dan will have a virtual apt., with doctor in BWI for second opinion. All the best Dan.  

 

….Capt. Chuck…..sounds like they are hunkering down, sure would be nice to see them at the #46….fingers crossed.

Joan Akers…..She is doing well but a dog would make things better. 

 

The Crossleys…..are doing well, Donna goes to the Y and Fay works at the Antique Mall. 

 

The Daigles…..Planning on an outing in October for 50th Anniversary and Bob will be old. 


.....The Harders…..are doing well, no moves yet, expect his collection of Insulators and Marty’s ink wells are difficult to pack up.

 

.…The Muscaris…..are doing well, Frank is always busy with church and helping neighbors and Eve is busy keeping Frank in line. They were hoping to get to Sweden soon, but things aren’t looking easy.  

The Paulys…..are enjoying the Ranch life. Lots of bush whacking and tending to the horses. One horse is diabetic but is allergic to insulin.

 

The Shafers…..are doing okay. Steve did contract “the virus” and stayed in the hospital for a while. He got #1 vaccine and #2 will be in March. Sylvia continues to wait for her knee replacement though. She did NOT test positive (how can that be) so no vaccine for her. She and Steve are real troopers.

 

LCDR Hook…..Is having her ship (USS Bonhomme Richard LHD6) decommissioned after the fire. So, her future is a little up in the air as to where to next. We hope to meet her one of these days.

 

...The Steiners…..Are doing okay after Bob had a week of hospitalization due to blockage, but stint was “a God send”. Bob said they were getting old age stuff, always thought he didn’t age, never looked it anyway. He did have to return to the ER, for unrelated issue, all is okay. Family all doing okay as well.  

 

…..Kathi Clark…..Doing okay, has had a trip or two to the hospital but all is going well, not liking being along for the holidays though.

 

…..Bob Wright…..Is doing well, enjoyed a rare TN snow storm. No pictures of snowman though Bob.

 

…..The Terrizzis…..are doing well on their mountain top in KY. No boating or fishing lately though. Bonnie is doing well after her gall bladder issues. Frank is getting old, wonder when he will start looking his age.

 

…..The Chubbs…..are doing well, keeping low key and waiting for vaccine, John works at the local food bank, and Ive does a lot of swimming.


For new ID card information go to:

https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco


You can make an appointment to get new ID card. Bob Daigle got his and it is a futuristic ID which is not needed at the current time, but eventually you will have to have it. Long wait to get it at Oceana. ODDLY, I went to Fort Lee to do the same thing and they had NO IDEA what I was talking about. Our government at work AGAIN. The Fort Lee office did call me some time later, “I made a mistake”, so have yet another appointment.

 

Old Business (is getting very old)

…..A. Binnacle List and For The Good Of The order

…..B..#46 reunion, 2021 MAYBE, send $80, can they use last page sent or should send again?

…..C. Dismal Swam Tour

 

New Business

…..A. Need an audit

…..B. Possible redo of Bi-Laws fix minor errors and perhaps rewrite HRC liquidation.

…..C. Odd Year Elections… Vice President, Secretary and Social Coordinator.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary




Source: Aerograph November 2020

Well the Virus has, once again, disrupted the HRC meeting plans.  We will have a meeting in January if there is still a country and a place to have a meeting continues to exist.   We are also hoping to have an informal gathering in December just to make sure we still have money in the bank, and Navy folks are doing well.  More information will be forthcoming on these plans.


We were thrilled to hear the news from Kathi Clark that her new kidney is working well.  Continued well wished and thoughts and prayers can’t hurt.  


Dan Lee and family ventured out to Wakefield for lunch at the Virginia Diner, (it was showcased on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Dessert was at the Crossley homestead. Fay missed all the fun, was in NY visiting brother.

 

The Crossley’s had lunch with the Daigle’s Bob didn’t treat. Bob says, the food pantry where he volunteers each Tuesday, is doing well, thanks in part, to the VA Food Bank.

 

The Pauly’s and family spent 4 days cruising around the Smith Mountain Lake in VA. It was a self-guided trip on a house boat, so Dennis had to be skipper. Dennis is an Ex-AG and his father-in-law is a retired chief, so the folks on board were in good hands. No fish though, bummer.


 The Pauly’s had quite the adventure as shared by Dennis in the following:


 “As it turns out, Susan and I just returned from 3 days on Smith Mountain Lake, where we took a 4 day cruise on a 53 ft. houseboat. Susan's mom had expressed a 'bucket list' interest in doing such, so granddaughter Emma went on line and hooked us up. 


Our crew was Susan's mom and dad, her brother & his wife, and us. We cruised from the dam at one end to probably within 10 miles of the opposite end (lake is 40 miles long; 500 miles of shoreline.) At night, we found a cove or small island to beach on. 


We couldn't have asked for better weather. Who would have guessed the end of October in the mountains and it would get 80 degrees during the day; mid 50's at night . . 


We fished a little; but didn't catch anything (though neither did anyone else we talked with.) (Gotta think the Stripers will be getting active soon, though.) Susan and sister-in-law Trudy made sure to check out the slide that went from the upper deck down off the 'fantail'. Water was mid 60's.


So we did a lot of eating, and I, once my Skipper duties ended each day and the boat was securely moored/anchored; along with Susan's dad - a retired Navy Chief - made sure to get our welldeserved ration(s) of grog. (The rest of them aren't REAL sailors, obviously.) 


Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We might even do it again someday.” 


I think Joan Akers is our oldest member, she will be 88 in November. I also think that Joan is the only person in our group that is a Great Great Grandma. Remember the good old days when Ralph Wright and Floyd Akers would spar about being the oldest members in HRC, what great fun they both were. Our group is holding together pretty well. No virus dares infect HRC, we do have some health issues scattered among us, and we all are suffering from that ticking clock thing. I wonder if LaRue Wright is near Joan’s age, would be great to see her and Joan take up where their husbands left off.

 

Bob Wright, living in Eastern TN, has been dealing with the virus by staying home. Excitement for the summer was dog ripped lining of pool trying to get out. One good thing, he is saving lots of money so bought a new car, thinks he might have enough miles in it to get oil changed NEXT year.


Daniel Gray (Grandson of Vern Gray AGCS ret and Darcy Gray) on his way to California having gone through boot camp and transportation school.


Have received a nice letter from LCDR Hook, the METOC officer on the USS Bonhomme Richard (“the new one” – where the fire was and it seems was close to the weather shack). Attempting to shorten a long story, called for hotel reservations and talked with this nice lady, who told me about her Navy Daughter, after some talk, learned that she was a Meteorologist. Then the fun started. Took “mom” a letter to send to her daughter and got the nice letter in return. LCDR Hook (one of these days hopes to be “CAPT HOOK” ), hopes to be transferred to Norfolk and be a Warfare Tactics instructor in Norfolk. We will keep LCDR Hook on our listings and look forward to meeting her at an HRC gathering.

 

Old Business (is getting very old)

…..A. Binnacle List and For The Good Of The order

…..B.. #46 reunion, 2021 MAYBE

…..E. Dismal Swam Tour

New Business

…..A. need an audit

…..B. Possible redo of Bi-Laws fix minor errors and perhaps rewrite HRC liquidation

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary




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Source: HRC Secretary August 2020

THERE HAS BEEN NO SPRING OR SUMMER MEETING IN HRC LAND

The Corona Virus and all the hubbub and hype has sent our world and our little corner of it, into a tail spin.  We are so vulnerable to such panic and fear, there is far more coming at us.  We pray to God there is a change for the better, and fix all these woes. Our membership is doing what they feel is right for them and right for the community, which is fantastic. GO HRC. 

 

We came fairly close to having a meeting on 7/16 Thursday, it was felt, the few folks that were planning on attending didn’t justify the possibility of endangering them or others.  The folks at our venue, Gus and Georges, were “sad” but understanding about our decision.  Once the climate changes we will start the process of having a Spring, Summer and Fall meeting.  Our party planner Mr. Pauly will do his usual fantastic job.   

 

Binnacle List and Good Of The Order stuff…

John Stroade Shay…..Was great to track down John, and talk with him.  Thanks to Pat O’Brien and Bernie Bauer for all the help.  John’s address is Homestead Village 7830 Pine Forest Rd. D-11, Pensacola, FL. 32526.  John sounds happy and is coping well.

Bob and Carol Daigle…..Have been busy with lots going on.  Summer means pool work, Weddings in Florida, lots of work at Food Pantry.  Both are doing well and getting to the gym now and then.

Fay and Donna Crossley…..Donna is dealing with some health issues, back problems, kidney cysts problems, and of course aging.  Then Fay doesn’t have such problems, works now and then at the Antique Mall, busy with the yard.  ((Fay has not heard back at all from AG2 ex Bryan Smith about books.))

Chuck and Louise Steinbruck…..Chuck continues to have treatments, and is thrilled to be on the downward count for them as well as the number per visit has also been reduced.  He is doing well and in good spirits.  Louise is doing good as they found the proper drug to help her, but there are some side effects. They are suffering from Cage Fever though. 

Kathi Clark…..Is doing well, she is at the top of the kidney replacement list, but difficulties remain.  Seems that once a person has had blood transfusions, matches are more difficult, she is SO upbeat.  She told about Rachele Dunn getting numerous awards and was going to Belgium for more studies and such, but the virus stopped that trip. You may remember Rachele as we have tried to help her in her Meteorological career, Her grandparents Bud and Bev Scott surely are proud, as they look down.  

Pat Scott…..Is doing well after the kidney donation, She sent out some pictures from our 2014 Picnic at the Chubb’s old homestead, was our biggest meeting ever 48 attended.

Dennis and Susan Pauly…..are doing well, keeping safe and getting some things done.  They even took grandkids to the lake for fun and games.  Dennis, the social coordinator, is thinking IF the restrictions ever lift we might be having a meeting in Williamston NC.  Am sure they are busy with the horse ranch.

Dan and Carmen Lee…..Dan has been dealing with a lot of health issues, much dealing with the heart. He is in pretty good spirits and is getting around, was at commissary and waved at Jack Salvato who was on the phone.  He is having an 80th birthday party on his birthday.  Happy Birthday Dan.  Carmen is always busy with her Shaklee and is doing well.

Joan Akers…..Joan IS JOAN….doing well and giving kids grief!!!! Neighbors are being very helpful and she appreciates them so much.  Tree broke and they cleaned up the mess, they help with food, one guy makes the best soup.  She MIGHT have a dog one of these days, if the kids allow it. 

Jack Salvato…..is doing okay.  His daughter has gotten a promotion so is home even less these days.  Jack says he had to be careful, isn’t the same 40 year old he use to be.

Steve and Sylvia Shafer…..Steve had a run in with Corona, doesn’t have it but got tested and the test had given him a nose bleed from hell.  Sylvia is STILL awaiting knee fixes.  Steve’s nose finally settled down after two trips to the ER.  They always are on the bright side and look forward to getting back to church  7/26.   

Frank and Eve Muscari…..Frank has a neat system for screening calls, am sure it helps rid them of the telemarketers. They are both doing well.  Frank is reading a lot, all about Stonewall Jackson.  Eve is doing church stuff.  Frank is cleaning up a boat to donate to Wounded Worriers….way to go Frank.

John and Ive Chubb…..They are doing fine.  They have limited their activities at church and at thrift store supporting abused children.  Nice vacation to Washington State to visit family, they enjoyed much of the state from beach to mountains. (See picture)

Ed and Ruth Nelson…..Ed says they are still “steaming”.  They aren’t traveling as much as would like, but the benefactor is the yard.  Ed enjoys take the dog for morning walk. Ruth’s mom heads to Virginia in Nov and back to Maine in April.  But has remained in Virginia this year due to virus concerns. Ed gets to the links often but just for 9 holes.  They send their best to everyone.

Frank and Bonnie Terrizzi…..They are doing great, being safe and careful. They don’t leave their mountain top sanctuary often.  Some shopping and take their boat to a nearby lake for some relaxing.  The spring was rough on their gardens following by too much rain then not enough and the awful heat.  They have ventured to Michigan where their son lives and works, to visit him.  George is a super guy.

Bobbie and Tammie Steiner…..expect they are off doing lots of stuff with the family.  Haven’t heard from them in some time. His FB stuff is always interesting and fun and recent so expect they are doing well.

LaRue Wright…..Is doing well talked with her sister and she assures me that LaRue is fine and no black and blues.

Bob Wright……No notes from Bob lately and he usually sends a note about how far HRC is from him.  He has a lot of stuff on FB so guess he is okay.

Mel and Marty Harder…..NO NEWS from Mel, have no phone number for him and rare for him to answer email don’t think he does FB.  Call Mel!!!!

 

We have thoughts and prayers the rest of the Naval Weather Service Association is doing well and staying safe. 

  

Respectfully submitted:

  

Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary




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LTCOL Howard Lee, USMC RET

 Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor

 

   It is such an awesome feeling for me, at each of our Hampton Road Chapter meetings, to have Howard Lee in attendance. He accompanies Doris Stepaniak. You may recall that Doris is a life member of HRC and NWSA.  Howard just makes me feel good about everything.  Even though Howard is a Medal of Honor Recipient, there is much more to the man than this amazing award might command.

   Howard Lee was born on August 1, 1933, in New York City. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York in 1951, and from Pace College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, on June 19, 1955. While in his senior year at college, he enlisted as a member of the Platoon Leaders Class in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  In September 1955, he entered the 14th Officer Candidates' Course, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, and upon completing the course the following December, was commissioned a Marine Corps Reserve second lieutenant. Lieutenant Lee completed The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, in July 1956 and the Marine Corps Supply School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, that September.  Upon completion of these courses, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Supply Activity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for duty as Field Inspection Officer, Field Inspection Section, and later, Officer in Charge, Audit Section. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1957, and integrated into the Regular Marine Corps in January 1958.  Detached from the Supply Activity in September 1958, he was ordered to the West Coast, and served briefly as Troop Handler, 1st Replacement Battalion, Staging Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, then was assigned duty as a platoon commander with Company F, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, serving in this capacity until June 1959.  First Lieutenant Lee next served as the Battalion S-4 Officer with H&S Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, (US administration) Japan.  In February 1960, he was assigned duty as Guard Officer at the Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Propellant Plant, Indian Head, Maryland.  After his promotion to captain on July 1, 1961, he was assigned duties as Platoon Commander and, later, Instructor, The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, where he remained until June 1964.  From July 1964 until February 1966, Capt Lee was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, serving first as Commanding Officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, then as Battalion S-3 Officer with H&S Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division. During the latter period, he served aboard the USS La Salle (LPD-3), and in the Dominican Republic.

 

Vietnam War — 1st tour

   Ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in April 1966, Capt Lee served as Commanding Officer of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He received the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for heroic action on June 26, 1966 – June 27, 1966. Then, on 8-9 August, 1966 that he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in the vicinity of Quang Tri, for which he received the Medal of Honor. Wounded in that action, Capt Lee was evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. In November 1966, he returned to duty at Headquarters Marine Corps and assigned duty as TO/MOS Coordinator and, later, Assistant FMF Readiness Officer in the Operation Section, G-4 Division. He was promoted to Major (United States) in July 1966.

   On October 25, 1967, Major Lee was presented the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon Johnson in a ceremony at the White House.

 

Vietnam War — 2nd tour

  Following this assignment, Maj Lee completed the Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia, in June 1970, then returned to the Republic of Vietnam for his second tour of duty. For his service as Executive Officer, Provisional Headquarters and Service Company and with the 2nd Combined Action Group, III Marine Amphibious Force, he earned a Gold Star in lieu of a second Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V".  He was promoted in July 1972 to lieutenant colonel and retired in 1975 from the Marine Corps for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

  If you would like to read Howard’s citation please go to……http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_V._Lee.

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   Though Howard has no past affiliation with Naval Weather, we are proud at HRC, when he graces our tables as a friend and fellow serviceman.  At HRC’s special gathering on 2/10/13 one of the other special guests was so overwhelmed with the thought of being in the same room with “such a hero”, tears sparkled in his eyes.  We thank you Howard for your service and for being such a gracious friend.  We, at HRC, ask NWSA and its members to keep our heroes like Mr. Lee and all our service men and women, in their thoughts and prayers.   

     Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Secretary